VOTD: Pixar’s Studio Stories

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One of my favorite new features of the new Blu-ray releases of Toy Story and Toy Story 2 is a series of bonus features called “Studio Stories”. The short films feature animated reenactments of interesting or funny stories that took place during the making of the two films. From the original Pixar animation building which had toys sticking out of the ceiling, to what happened when Toy Story 2 got accidently deleted, to John Lasseter’s crappy car, to an Art Director who quits the company every year on April 1st. I was able to find a few of the videos online, you can watch them embedded after the jump. Pick up Toy Story and Toy Story 2 on Blu-ray to see them all.

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Chilean-based graphic designer Juan Pablo Bravo put together an awesome infographic showing “100 pixar characters” with their estimated sizes. While it is not perfect (For example, I think Flick from A Bug’s Life is a few times bigger than a normal ant), the graphic gives you a good idea of how most of the Pixar characters measure up.

Bravo created this piece of awesomeness without the help/assistance/encouragement of Pixar, as a personal exercise. It features characters from all of Pixar’s productions — both the short films and the feature films. It even features some of the new toys from the yet-to-be-released Toy Story 3. Check out the full poster after the jump. Click on the image to enlarge.

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POTD: Real-Life Buzz Lightyear

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You may have seen Pixeloo’s real life renderings of famous animated characters floating around the interwebs: Mario from Super Mario Brothers, Homer from The Simpsons, and Jessica Rabbit from Robert Zemeckis’ Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Brazilian 3D artist Raoni Nery has created an untooned version of Buzz Lightyear from Pixar’s Toy Story films. See the full concept rendering, after the jump.

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Toy Story/Toy Story 2 Blu-Ray Trailer

As you probably know by now, Disney is set to finally release Pixar’s Toy Story and Toy Story 2 on Blu-ray on March 23rd 2010. Disney has since released a trailer promoting the release, which can be watched after the jump. And for those who want to pre-order, Amazon is offering both Toy Story and Toy Story 2 for $24.99 each, 38% off the suggested retail price. Also after the jump, I’ve included the previously released information about the special features included on the discs.

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The first sign of the first two Toy Story films drawing near on Blu-ray was a listing on Danish retailer Laserdisken‘s site, offering up a March release date. Word about this bubbled about, then pretty soon after I saw that the BBFC had certified the new special features for the Toy Story 2 disc (for some reason, the first film is still outstanding). Next the discs started appearing on the websites of US retailers, as reported by BluRay.com, even including what would appear to be cover art. The release date appears to be set for March 23rd – for now, anyway.

After the break, a list of all known special features on the discs – which includes some Toy Story 3 material – an also a first look at the Art of Toy Story 3 book.

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(Above: A sliver of one more Toy Story 3 character poster, this one from over at MSNBC)

The Toy Story 3 media blitz continues! More and more, it seems that filmmakers are taking to Twitter to make major announcements, or just to share some cool stuff about the movies they’re working on. Today, Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich used the micro-blogging service to announce a few tidbits about the upcoming sequel to the Pixar classics. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

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In this week’s /Filmcast, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley discuss the pitfalls and opportunities of corporate sponsorship, speculate on some plot possibilities for Kill Bill 3, and Devindra and Jeff try and fail to Curb Their Enthusiasm for Friday Night Lights. Jeff Cannata is our special guest this evening, joining us from the Totally Rad Show.

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Having seen the newly dimensionalised Toy Story myself I simply have to tell you to go out this weekend and check it out. If you’re in the UK, like me, you’ll only have the first film available to you; those of you in the US will have a double bill of both 1 and 2. I can’t tell you how jealous I am. And I’m not alone in this enthusiasm – both Peter and David have recently made their excitement for the films clear.

After the break, a fun, retro-styled trailer for the double bill that segues very smoothly into a clip. It’s a brilliantly chosen sequence that, despite being presented here in 2D by necessity, should go a long way to helping you imagine the 3D potential of these movies.

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Toy Story 1 & 2 3D Rerelease Movie Trailer

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I didn’t see the Disney 3D panel at Comic Con, where the footage from Pixar’s re-release of Toy Story 1 and 2 in 3D was shown for the first time. But the theatrical trailer for the October release is now online at Yahoo (not in 3D, obviously) and you can see that it captures the spirit of the films very well. Basically, we see the core cast of the films gather together to marvel at the fact that they’re all in 3D. Except for Rex, who turns out to still be rendered in only two dimensions. It’s cute and fun, and probably looks great in actual 3D. Read More »

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Disney’s 3D versions of Pixar’s Toy Story and Toy Story 2 will premiere at the 66th annual Venice Film Festival, which runs September 2nd – 12th 2009. The films will surround the Golden Lion award ceremony at the Palazzo del Cinema at Venice Lido, where the Venice Film Festival will give lifetime achievement awards to the Pixar aniamtors.

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